Thursday, June 17, 2010

Daily Digest June 17, 2010



Last hurrah for Fraser

Progressive coalition appeals to sovereigntists in Quebec

Modern warfare: Some good out of the bad and the ugly

Travers: Afghan document deal hides the truth

Economic titan China needs to act like a leader

MPs still don't get it on audit

Lifting Ottawa's veil

A dishonourable killing

Ignatieff's last best hope to salvage his leadership

The Air India report is a wake-up call

Air India lesson: secure the cargo

For the killers of Aqsa Parvez, 'culture' is no defence

Residential schools: stories to tell and re-tell

Bloody Sunday: a sufficient apology

We are complicit in our silence

Football's capital punishment

Putting an end to honour killings in Canada

Listen hard to the truth

Ignatieff emerges as a leader

Canada needs new foreign policy

Growing up takes a lot longer

Al Jazeera's reach, power are substantial

Temporary foreign workers get short shrift in Canada

Changing education for a changing world
Danger in Kyrgyzstan

Doing right by children
The law and honour killings
New program shortchanges kids, families


Government: Ottawa to repeal parts of Indian Act

Give first nations the power to help themselves

Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

Pentagon decries assessment of Afghan war that says conflict is 'roller coaster'

Disgraced general gets new job

General's future one to follow for hints at military's course

U.S. issues G20 travel alert for Toronto

49th parallels

Business leaders to meet before G20 summit

Canada should consider bulk water export business: Fraser Institute

Access to information not a constitutional right: Supreme Court

Public will finally see Dziekanski report

RCMP should quit provincial policing: inquiry

The immigration debate we don't want to have

Tory descent continues in a 'strange new political world': poll

Tory lead over Liberals slightly narrows: poll

Stephen Harper compares Vancouver MP Libby Davies to terrorist groups

MPs clash, co-operate as Parliament wraps

Getting it all off their chests

Speaker OKs compromise deal on Afghan docs

Pact ensures sensitive detainee files will remain sealed

MPs call for abortion funding, Tories absent

Ignatieff: Liberal party is a 'coalition of the centre'

MPs ask Speaker to find Jaffer in contempt

Stay in Afghanistan: ex-general

Human trafficking bill passes Senate

Federal government to pay more than $67-million to sawmill owners

Ixtoc Disaster Holds Clues to Evolution of an Oil Spill

Second chance for the American elm

We are complicit in our silence

Why a trial for David Chen?

Fraser may dig deeper into parliamentary books

The gong show's over – Parliament can use the break

A loonie boondoggle. MORE...
Ottawa steered clear of corporate sponsorships for G8-G20. MORE...
JEUDI 17 JUIN 2010

Sommet du G20 · Les Américains priés d'éviter Toronto

Ottawa · L'opposition dresse son bilan de session

Immigration · Ottawa veut sévir contre les consultants malhonnêtes

Armée canadienne · Le Brigadier général affecté à des tâches administratives

Bilan de session aigre-doux à Ottawa

Problèmes de sécurité nationale

Jaffer pourrait être accusé d'outrage au Parlement

Le Canada incapable de gérer son eau

Ottawa: la guerre de tranchées s'amplifie

Un ex-général propose de maintenir des soldats après 2011


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Subject: sundays worm plain text: joe, this is going to 2,500+ so your 3,500 would be most helpful! cz

How could I send out just the above (30) when cz had written this

(Sorry I didn't have time to clean up what his programme some how does to mess things up)


: alan heisey <>

Subject: sundays worm plain text: joe, this is going to 2,500+ so your 3,500 would be most helpful! cz

Publisher is Alan Heisey, 38 Avoca Avenue, L.P.H #6, Toronto, ON, 
Canada, M4T 2B9
Phone 416 923 5381, 239 513 0444, 705 756 3289
<> Emailed from Honey Harbour!

Publisher comments

“Beware of feds bearing gifts?”...not Canada’s mag owners!

Who? why? shift in abortion policy from Nov.’08 convention!

Summer Solstice “policy lite” canned favor of a garden party

Grits to align with Canada’s least democratic political party?

Muni-voter turnouts varied from 30 to 92% in cottage country!

Bernie Morton “links” his politics magazine to St. Paul’s site!

United Church(?) urges G20 bank tax, it says here!

News report on Tory Mississauga South nomination

Replies-O-Gram #91 / To git off!

Publisher comments

“Beware of feds bearing gifts?”...not Canada’s mag owners!

One absolutely cannot separate the current policy of the national 
Conservative government from the equivalent of the previous Liberal 
government when comes to taking good care of Canada’s weakling 
magazine publishers!
As well as publishing “‘Worm” fortnightly by email I have 
published “Rattlesnake!” (better known as “Georgian Bay Today”) 
quarterly, newsprint, by Canada Post, for the past 22 years. This 
means that I am a legit individual member of “Magazines Canada” and 
thus attended their recent annual convention in Toronto.
Please understand that I am one of the comparative few Canadian 
magazine publishers who does not have his feet in the trough for 
“gifts” from the taxpayers of Canada to apparently needy, fellow 
members of the association. Most publishing companies, from Rogers 
down, have persuaded succeeding Canadian governments that “notes of 
encouragement in the form of cheques” for all sorts of publishing 
activities are an appropriate use of such, always-culturally-justified 
Thus the recent meet sat, breathless, while an Ottawa bureaucrat 
detailed how some 70 million bucks has been set aside for blatant 
subsidies for all sorts of activities which Canadian publishers can 
use, pretty much as they see fit, minimum of $10K and maximum of $1.5 
million, unless one publishes for certain prefered clasifications in 
which case more may be made available. Participating publications 
carry a small space note on their mastheads expressing gratitude to 
the government of Canada, surely, the very least they can do!
There have been, apparently, some 1,000 current applications, which 
divided by 70 million, means quite a nice chunk of change to go round. 
If there is not enough federal money available remember there is an 
Ontario government counterpart with funds for good publishing causes.
This redneck would see a true blue Tory government slash the 
kindnesses unmercifully!

Who? why? shift in abortion policy from Nov.’08 convention!

Your correspondent recalls vividly that at the last, near-biennial 
party convention in Montreal in late 2008 the party leader set out 
plainly that there would be no policy resolution on either capital 
punishment or abortion. I recall the absolute relief which greeted the 
This observer of the passing Ottawa parade since then saw no signals 
anywhere that this widely-respected, lack of position, if one will, 
was under profound  seige, high up in the government’s processes. The 
April decision announced by minister Bev Oda opposing the use of 
foreign aid in a G8 fund concerning abortions in poor countries has 
been a glancing attack on a core issue of women’s health across our 
May it be plain, I hope this position gets reconsidered.
The breadth of opposition to the change was signalled a few days ago  
in a little letter in the National Post ”Abortion must be part of 
child health policy”, signed by Dr. Jim Ruderman, chief of staff, 
Women's College Hospital, Toronto, (thanks to informal researcher 
Arnold Kwok of Trinity-Spadina):

Women's College Hospital, now approaching its 100th birthday, is the 
only hospital in Ontario with a mandate to focus on women's health. We 
are proud of our history of commitment to women's health and to 
women's reproductive freedom. In 1973, we opened the very first 
hospital-supported walk-in centre, the Bay Centre for Birth Control.

Because of this dedication to women's well-being, both locally and 
internationally, we feel compelled to comment on the federal 
government's recent announcement that it would not include abortion in 
its maternal and child health policy for the developing world.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself remarked on "the appalling 
mortality among mothers and small children in the Third World." It is 
important to remember that the lack of access to safe abortion 
contributes to that "appalling mortality". The United Nations points 
out that approximately 70,000 women in the developing world die each 
year from unsafe abortions. (A further eight million suffer serious 
complications). They leave behind 220,000 motherless children -- 
children who are 10 times more likely to die within two years than 
children who still have their mothers.

Women's College Hospital urges the federal government to reconsider a 
policy that is neither sound in public health terms nor compassionate 
and fair in providing full access to health care for the vulnerable 
women of the world.

More recently, Bob Hepburn, Toronto Star columnist, piles on the issue 
in part this way: <>
’...the abortion funding issue has become a major political disaster 
for Harper.

He announced in April that his government would not allow Canada’s 
contribution to a special G8 fund to pay for abortions in poor 
countries. It’s a policy that copied one championed by former U.S. 
president George Bush.

The Obama administration ripped up the old policy as soon as it took 
office. “You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health 
and reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and 
access to legal, safe abortions,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary 
Clinton said recently.

Harper now finds himself out of step with all other G8 countries on 
this approach, including the U.S. and Britain.

He also finds himself increasingly out of touch with Canadians on it.

A new Canadian Press-Harris Decima poll conducted in early May and 
released this week found 58 per cent of those polled opposed his 
decision on abortion funding to developing countries.

That’s up significantly from 46 per cent in March....”

Summer Solstice “policy lite” canned, favor of a garden party

Your correspondent recognizes that most elected politicans favour 
strong backs at election times combined with flacid brains otherwise. 
Nothing personal, simply cuts down the squawks from the cheap seats 
when there may be so little news that an irate resolution whisked into 
the newroom by a riding public relations wallah, suddenly gets far 
more play than it ought to. For example, any approved motion from a 
Tory riding board leaked or plain walked into a newsroom about the new 
abortion policy would stand a considerable chance.
However, this aging walrus has found other fun things to do than 
organizing informal, underground and probably illegal policy fests, 
however “lite”!
During 23 years as a resident in the “first block” of nearby 
Bernard Avenue two exciting street events took place. First is that I 
was formally elected to succeed after the first, highly popular mayor 
of the block , except that someone in the audience said, “you’re 
really more the block head!” which title I wore with pride for some 
Second was the wonderful idea of a senior citizen of the block, 
Georgina Gilchrist, that we should convene an annual summer solstice 
early evening garden party for residents of the block, which event has 
now been organized annually for some near-20 years, and Barbara and I 
are invited back for the next happening on Monday, the 21st, Beats 
policy lites!

Grits to align with Canada’s least democratic political party?

The imperceptive Star letters editor June first rejected the following 
rant which I hereby inflict on yourselves:

This lifetime, big tent Tory hopes the centre left will get its act 
together the way the centre right finally did only a very few years 
ago. It seems to me that the very physical shape of our parliaments 
with two groups of advocates confronting each other is the primal 
message: either, hurray, one is in, or, alas, one is out!
Consolidating the principal centre left federal parties into one 
identity should make for more stable parliaments. Less media emphasis 
on the centrality of leaders would help a lot.
The letter missed the larger difficulty in any such merger: the Crats 
are massively the least democratic of Canada’s four national parties.
For reasons which escape me, the media quite ignore the fact that the 
trade union movement subsidizes N.D.P.  activities and gets 
representation out of any proportion to their demographic strength.
Hopefully, the Grits would make a lot of noise if they succeed in 
compelling rejection of this special status element in the operation 
of the Kneedippers, but if successful, a newly enlarged, lefty big 
tent, Jack not the leader, but Iggy, whom I quite respect, could give 
my gang a harder time than at present!

Muni-voter turnouts varied from 30 to 92% in cottage country!

Following editorial appears in current Summer 2010 edition of 
Turnout of 30 to 92%
  As this autumn’s municipal elections approach taxpayers should be 
aware that last time voter turnout varied from as high as an 
outstanding 92% participation in the Township of Muskoka Lakes to a 
reported 30% in the Township of Georgian Bay!
   Clearly, the Muskoka folks appreciated the Mike Harris reforms 
which permit postal ballots, taking away the classic excuse of 
difficulty in driving to recreation country from wherever else, in 
unpredictable autumn weather.
    Arousing electoral interest best happens soon, while most 
recreationists are on site. Thus we applaud community association 
activists, such as those in Georgian Bay Township, who plan major, all- candidate meetings where incumbents and challengers can put their 
platforms on the record. The “record” nowadays should be detailed 
email reportings to general memberships since not everyone wants to 
give up a Saturday morning, however much they should!
  This means of course, that all candidates should be plain assisted 
to email to all members, perhaps through association secretaries where 
email addresses are viewed as vital secrets!
   Additionally, I favour sub-groups, in each of the wards, taking on 
the character of standing political action groups, even aspects of 
municipal political parties, actively seeking out and supporting a 
candidate endorsing their platform!
   Continuing, orderly overview of council/councillor activities 
(shenanigans, too), between elections, could help upgrade municipal 
governance. I see such “pacs” structured on municipal ward 
boundaries and attracting activists who have, in all probability, 
served at earlier times on the same councils.
    A major benefit might be to see all local council contests 
characterized by ideally two or more well-supported candidates, 
fighting for the public’s confidence.

Bernie Morton “links” his politics magazine to St. Paul’s site!

The popular public relations professional has moved from downtown to 
Oakville, forcing him to pretty well drop out of the local 
Conservative Association. Before leaving he somehow inveigled, pried 
might be a better word, his U.S. politics magazine into a formal 
“link” (!) along with the provincial Progressive Conservative Party 
and some other well-grounded Canadian political institutions also 
linked to the otherwise sleepytime, downtown Toronto Tory riding site.
For this exceptional accomplishment in the face of monumental party 
inaction I urge Bernie be awarded another gold star in his p.r. 
I’m only sorry his generally good influence could not motivate the 
editors of the official Conservative Party site to publish, six weeks 
to the day after their annual meeting, and hopeful election of never 
more than seven officers, (all our tight, tight, constitution will 
allow!) the names of one or more of the seven who must have been 
actually elected since, surely!

United Church(?) urges G20 bank tax, it says here!

This email is the first of a new program sponsored by BSUC’s Social 
Justice Committee. We call it Electronic Outreach because we want to 
use the power of the Internet to help our congregation become aware of 
current justice issues and, if available, the positions of the United 
Church of Canada or related organizations on those issues.
This month’s issue concerns the meeting of the G20 in Toronto on June 
25-27, 2010.  The United Church of Canada wants G20 nations to agree 
at this meeting to a Financial Transactions Tax or what some are 
calling a “Robin Hood” tax. This would be a very tiny tax (0.05 
percent) on financial activities such as equity, bond, derivative, and 
foreign exchange trade. Governments agreeing to this tax can use the 
proceeds to honour their promise to financially support countries in 
the global South to adapt to climate change and meet the United 
Nations' Millennium Development Goals. These goals were created by 
world leaders in September 2000 as a commitment to a new global 
partnership to reduce poverty by specified amounts by 2015 (source: .  TheUnited Church and its partner KAIROS are encouraging their 
members to send messages to Prime Minister Harper in support of this 
tax.  KAIROS has set up an online letter, which can be found at: .  Alternatively, you can send a regular letter to the Office of the 
Prime Minister at 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa
K1A 0A2, Fax: 613-941-6900.

If you do not wish to receive future Electronic Outreach 
communications, please inform the Church Office by return e-mail.  
Opting out of this initiative will not affect your receipt of other 
electronic BSUC information like the bulletin.

Bloor Street United Church
300 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1W3

(This brought to mind word of an old ditty:"He took from the rich man, 
and gave it to the poor man, and had a fear for no man, only for his 
chick, whose name was Mary Ann...!”)

News report on Tory Mississauga South nomination

Green out. Two-time Conservative candidate Phil Green has elected to 
not seek he Tory nomination in Mississauga South.
Phil Green, the two-time Conservative candidate who came close to 
defeating veteran incumbent Mississauga South MP Paul Szabo in the 
2006 federal election, has decided not to seek the Tory nomination in 
the riding.
Green told The News that he's been asked by numerous friends and 
supporters to consider jumping into the Conservative Party contest. He 
spent the Victoria Day weekend mulling over the possibility before 
deciding against it.
In a notice on his website, Green said, "I have decided not to seek 
the nomination and to focus instead on my businesses and my book, 
(which is) due for publication in early 2012."
The book, called misLeading Indicators will reveal, "the hidden and 
potentially misleading nature of measurements that may make or break a 
business." It is based on Green's experience as an international 
environmental consultant. George Gabor is the co-author.
Green's decision leaves three contenders for the June 28 nomination.
Hugh Arrison, a financial consultant who won the nomination in an 
uphill battle against the party establishment in 2008, is once again 
seeking the nod.
Arrison spent 30 years at Canada Life Financial, where he became the 
vice president of the Canadian division. He says he has been 
diligently working with federal officials to reduce the term of the 
lease for the Port Credit Harbour marina lands, so that they can be 
developed before 2023, when the lease expires.
He is up against Stella Ambler, a former Conservative candidate who 
lost to incumbent Liberal Gurbax Malhi in 2008 in Bramalea-Gore-Malton.
Ambler has a long history of involvement with the party, including 
eight years working for Premier Mike Harris and four stints running 
federal campaigns.
She is director of regional affairs for federal Finance Minister Jim 
Flaherty, who is also the minister responsible for the Greater Toronto 
Area. She moved to Lorne Park last year after 30 years in Brampton.
A third potential candidate in the riding is Don Stephens, the Peel 
District School Board trustee who represents Ward 2, which includes a 
large part of the riding. Stephens told The News this morning that he 
is considering running but has yet to make a final decision.

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